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villa921 in Okinawa, Japan by Harunatsu-arch

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Article source: Harunatsu-arch

It takes 40 minutes by ferry from the nearest island with an airport to reach Iriomote-Island, which is a part of Okinawa in the south of Japan. With an area of over 90% covered by subtropical virgin forest, the entire island is designated as a national park. The client had lived on Iriomote- Island for 14 years. Now he wanted to build his own house.While sitting snug against a hill, at the front of the house a luxorious vision opens up overlooking the farmlands that spread around the site.

Image Courtesy Kai Nakamura

  • Architects: Harunatsu-arch
  • Project: villa92
  • Location: Okinawa, Iriomote-Jima, Japan
  • Architects: Shoko Murakaji, Naoto Murakaji / harunatsu-arch
  • Type of use: Residential
  • Size: single storey
  • Total floor space: 73.44 square meters
  • Construction: Reinforced concrete
  • Statics: Terado Tatsumi Kozokeikaku Kobo / Terado Tashumi
  • Year of construction: 2012
  • Photo: Kai Nakamura
  • Software used: MicroStation


D1 Canopy Design in Dubai creek, UAE by Innovarchi

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Article source:  Innovarchi

D1 is an 80 storey & residential tower on the shore of Dubai Creek in the UAE. It is to be one of the showpieces of a new development area called “the Culture Village”. There are two main components of the development, the glass tower itself and an elegant timber canopy screen at the base. For the overall tower design Sunland was inspired by the Sydney Olympic Torch and the Q1 tower on the Gold Coast in Australia. Innovarchi was asked to re-design the facades to emphasise the sheer nature of the layered glass curtain wall. Like the petals of a rose, the primary façades are conceived as a series of delicate layers to protect against the harsh environment. The façade layers are continuous, monolithic, smooth and seamless, without texture.

d1 tower render (© Iinnovarchi)

  • Architects: Innovarchi
  • Project: D1 Canopy Design
  • Location:  Dubai creek, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Client: Emirates Sunland Group
  • Developer: Emirates Sunland
  • Specialist Design Architects: Innovarchi
  • Documentation Architects: Holfords
  • Software used: CANOPY – concept design: Cinema 4D; design development and documenting: ArchiCAD; TOWER – all stages ArchiCAD


Altaya Etc Wine Shops in Hong Kong, China by Kokaistudios

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Article source: Kokaistudios

Kokaistudios designed the two thematic Etc Wine Shops, a new brand created by high end wine distributor Altaya in Hong Kong, China. The intent of the brand is to create an innovative way to support wine culture in Asia where the fast rising interest in wine has led to a proliferation of wine retailers characterized by very traditional cliché designs.

Image Courtesy © Etc, New & Old Studios

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Project: Altaya Etc Wine Shops
  • Location: Hong Kong, China
  • Designed by: Kokaistudios
  • Interior: Filippo Gabbiani, Zoe Lee, Mark Shen, David Liu
  • Client: Altaya Wines Limited
  • Area: 240 sqm
  • Completion: May, 2012
  • Photograph: Etc, New & Old Studios,


Egedal Town Hall and Health Center in Demark by Henning Larsen Architects

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects

Egedal Town Hall and Health Centre will be the uniting centre of the new Municipality of Egedal north of Copenhagen. Egedal Town Hall and Health Centre will be one of the first buildings in the new planned urban area around Egedal Station. It will thus spearhead the development of the new district.

The Town Hall and Health Centre form part of the same entity. The Health Centre is designed as a village with courtyards and green, internal walkways connecting to the central square of the building. Thus, the Health Centre will become an active part of the Town Hall, while at the same time offering citizens the opportunity to use the area outside town hall opening hours. The roof of the Health Centre is shaped as a large roof garden with green recreational spaces.

Image Courtesy © Henning Larsen Architects

  • Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Project: Egedal Town Hall and Health Center
  • Location: Egedal, Demark
  • Client: Egedal Municipality
  • Landscape Architect: SLA
  • Consulting Engineers: Henrik Larsen Rådgivende Ingeniørfirma and Jørgen Nielsen Rådgivende Ingeniører
  • Contractor: Züblin
  • Gross floor area: 18,000 m2
  • Construction period: 2012-2014
  • Type of assignment: Turnkey contract, 1st prize in invited competition
  • Team from Henning Larsen Architects: Troels Troelsen, Maria Sommer, Mette Kynne Frandse, Peer Teglgaard Jeppesen, Mette Lorentzen, Mads Reinau, Christian Schjøll, Jakob Strømann-Andersen, Erik Holm-Hansson, Ina Borup Nørlev, Ingela Larsson, Martin Stenberg and Andrea Hoepfner.


La Luge in Quebec, Canada by Yh2 Architecture

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Article source: Yh2 Architecture

Mostly dedicated to the enjoyment of Quebec’s winter, La Luge is a secondary home lying in the midst of the forest. Nestled on its site, surrounded by dense vegetation preserving the house’s privacy, La Luge integrates a private spa which occupies almost a third of the useable area, adding on to the traditional countryside living spaces.

Image Courtesy Francis Pelletier

  • Architects: Yh2 Architecture
  • Project: La Luge
  • Location: La Conception, Laurentides, Québec, Canada
  • Area: 120 m²
  • Construction year: 2011
  • YH2 Conception team: François Bélanger, Marie-Claude Hamelin, Loukas Yiacouvakis
  • Construction : Emmanuel Yiacouvakis and associates, Ébénisterie La Fabrik.
  • Photographer: Francis Pelletier


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